The words Christopher Guest are synonymous with hilarity. Don’t believe me? Think Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show were, as the kids say, just a fluke? Well, then you’re in for a fatty treat with 2003’s A Mighty Wind. Presented here is A Mighty Wind The Album, which contains all the classic artists from the film (Mitch & Mickey, The New Main Street Singers, and of course, The Folksmen). Considering that each of these tracks were written specifically for the film, and by-and-large, the actors played their own instruments (including vocals), A Mighty Wind The Album is a perfect addition to the already vibrant voice of Guest and friends. If you can find it, and are a fan of, you know, laughing, you’re certain to enjoy it.
Forget for a moment that This is Spinal Tap set the groundwork for the Mocumentary genre. Forget that the painfully hilarious string of films, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind were helmed by the great guitarist, Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest). What needs to be remembered, or rather, never forgotten, is that Nigel (Guest), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) wrote, composed, and produced this dark, eminent, Hard Rocker. Given this remarkable wisdom, a profound question arises: It’s like, how much more black could this be? The answer: None. None more black.
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This is Spinal Tap acts as a sort of “Greatest Hits” album, spanning from the band’s early British Rock days, Gimme Some Money, drudging through their brief psychedelic phase (Listen to the) Flower People, and leaning heavily on their more recent, epic-Hard Rock phase Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight, Rock and Roll Creation, Heavy Duty, and of course, the alluring Stonehenge. This genre-bending, zucchini-in-tin-foil-wrapping, cold-sore-getting, drummer-losing, airplane-hanger-playing, kickass-rock-and-roll band bet the (sex) farm on this album, and it paid off. Regardless of the genre, Spinal Tap give a perfect 11 on each and every song they record.
For those times when you’re in the mood to get rocked, Stonehenge-rocked like Stonehenge, Spinal Tap are your rock-and-roll saviors.
BTW, If anybody finds a decently priced LP of Intravenus de Milo, shoot me a line.